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Reward for information on USPS van jacking

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of three suspects who carjacked at U.S. Postal Service van last weekend.

I hope someone who has information on it comes forward, said Tim Brooks, its enough money, thats for sure.

The USPS van was carjacked right in front of the bar Brooks owns on Ridgeway Avenue just before noon Saturday.

U.S. Postal Inspectors delivered hundreds of reward posters to homes and businesses in that neighborhood Thursday morning. USPIS is looking for witnesses but people who saw the carjacking say it happened very fast and the suspects faces were masked.

It sure happened quick, Brooks said, nobody really knew nothing until it was all done and over with.

Investigators said three suspects in a tan or gold minivan cutoff the postal driver and stopped him near the train tracks on Ridgeway Avenue. Armed with a handgun, one man got out of that van and aggressively approached the mail carrier. At 59 and 150 lbs., he is described as a Hispanic or light-complexioned black man in his early to mid-20s.

He jumped into the truck and told him to go drive around the corner, Brooks said. They told him to drive around the corner here onto the next block and asked for a package.

Minutes later, police found the mail van on Flower City Park. The 59-year-old man was uninjured and only one package was missing from the USPS van.

Brooks said, Must have been pretty important for somebody to go after someone with a gun.

Investigators have not released any specifics on the contents of that missing package but 13WHAM confirmed the package was addressed to a home in the 600 block of Ridgeway Avenue. Residents there said they were not expecting a package and have no idea why it was stolen.

Its a lot of money and hopefully they get him, said Brooks. I feel bad for the postal guy who had to experience that.

The $50,000 in reward money is provided by the US Postal Inspector Services, not the Postal Service. A separate entity, USPIS has a fund dedicated to rewards but inspectors say is money they department rarely has to tap into.

USPIS advises the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone will information is asked to call 877-876-2455, and callers can remain anonymous.

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